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Officials encourage parents to be mindful of children's online presence

It's hard to find someone who is not on social media these days. (Source: WALB) It's hard to find someone who is not on social media these days. (Source: WALB)
Moultrie police said there are many ways criminals can take advantage of the information you put out online. (Source: WALB) Moultrie police said there are many ways criminals can take advantage of the information you put out online. (Source: WALB)
Major Tonero Bender encourages parents to check their child's social media account to make sure they're not sharing personal information like addresses, phone numbers and age. (Source: WALB) Major Tonero Bender encourages parents to check their child's social media account to make sure they're not sharing personal information like addresses, phone numbers and age. (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

It's hard to find someone who is not on social media these days. 

But Moultrie Police officers said that's not necessarily a good thing. 

They're sending a warning out to parents and their kids to make sure they don't share too much online. 

Social media may be a way to connect with friends, and share current events.

Moultrie police said there are many ways criminals can take advantage of the information you put out online. 

Major Tonero Bender encourages parents to check their child's social media account to make sure they're not sharing personal information like addresses, phone numbers and age. 

He also said kids need to think twice before posting messages online that could be construed as threats.

"That can create serious problems there. Even idle threats about fighting, hurting someone could create not only security risks for an individual, but also gets into the area of breaking the law,' said Bender.

Police take these social media posts seriously, and charges could include terroristic threats and acts. 

Bender asks parents to talk with their kids to deal with strangers online just as they would with strangers face to face. 

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